16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 2 nights
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
3
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
5
Ella
— 2 nights
6
Yala National Park
— 1 night
7
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
8
Galle
— 2 nights

2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Spend the 3rd (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stop by Vishwa Tharu Spice and Ayurveda Herbal Shop, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and visit Other.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo tour planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Colombo. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Coffee & Tea Tours

2
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thenstroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and finally admire the natural beauty at New Ranweli Spice Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kandy tour planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Step out of Anuradhapura with an excursion to Avukana Buddha Statue in Kekirawa--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip app.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Avukana Buddha Statue
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Avukana Buddha Statue ©
Avukana Buddha Statue

2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
On the 9th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya day trip site.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities, thenadmire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and finally savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, thentake in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and finally take in the exciting artwork at I Love Ceylon Gallery.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ella journey planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Ella, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

1
night
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yala National Park tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Ella to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Yala National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

1
night
Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama attractions planning site.

Drive from Yala National Park to Tissamaharama in an hour. In August in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 15th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Warm Boutique and then delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Plan a trip to Galle easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Drive from Tissamaharama to Galle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Jungle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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